Monday, 23 March 2009

Do You Control Your Thoughts? Enjoying the Spirit of Inquiry

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I've been reading Byron Katie lately... I read her personal story of coming to her method probably nearly 20 years ago, but never thought to see if she'd written anything at the time....

Nevertheless: I'm currently reading I Need Your Love... is that true? 

and I just finished Who Would You Be Without Your Story? both of which I found fascinating and hard to put down. They reinforce things I've known for a long time, but don't really live and often forget entirely. 

Hilariously, I had just finished a book recommended by my coach (The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Ben Zander), which reinforces exactly the same things. Then, about two days after I finished the last of them, I found an article in an Oprah magazine about why goal setting often doesn't work... which repeats the theme.

I love synchronicity!

What I Know
  • people (me included) are wrapped up in their thinking far more than they are engaged in what is really happening at any given moment
  • everything I believe about the world is a result of two things: my perception and my beliefs (thoughts) about my perceptions

  • there is no way to find out if another person experiences their world in the same way I do -- no way to find out if when I say 'that's yellow' and they agree if they see the same colour I do... everyone's brains construct 'reality' alone, and while we can agree on the labels there is no way to know if our brains share the perceptions

  • people's motives are always for the best -- no one gets up in the morning intending to mess up anyone's life, including their own, even if that is what happens throughout the day

1 comment:

  1. That is all positively Buddhist! Well said. Now I'll have to look into reading the books you mentioned.